Malaysia is gearing to be a martial arts hub in the region and the nation’s commitment was set with the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between Asia Pacific Open University of Martial Arts (Apacma) and Kazakhstan Sports and Tourism University.
With the MoU, both universities will share their expertise and experiences to fortify their Sports Sciences syllabus to push martial arts as an academic subject.
Apacma’s chief executive officer Dr Zam Ab Razak Zamri and Kazakh Sports and Tourism University’s International Department head Bayan Nishar signed the agreement here to cement the cooperation.
More than 100 martial arts masters from 60 associations had gathered to witness another MoU between their associations and Apacma which was represented by its chief executive operating officer Dr Ramlan Ahmed.
Apacma vice-chancellor Professor Dr Abang Zainal Latiff and Senate Council head Datuk Seri Utama Dr Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin were also present.
At the same event, the Malaysian team took part in the Al Faris International Horseback Archery Competition, led by team leader Sheikh Fuad Sheikh Mahmud Al Bajrai.
Mohammad Fairus said the higher education institution from Kazakhstan was chosen because it had succeeded in churning out 20 Olympic medalists in martial arts and sports sciences.